False Standards Promoted by Social Media

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Social Media has grown to be extremely popular within the last 20 years. It’s a way to connect to others without physically being near them. We now have platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, TikTok, etc. A large debate regarding social media is the type of impact it has on people. Whether we would do better without it or not, is it too late to go back? Something social media has established in our society is standards that are deemed “ideal lifestyles.”

I have used numerous social media outlets for a few years now. I’ve seen trends come and go, the fame of influencers slowly die out, viral videos and dances, new challenges, just about everything. I am no stranger to this digital world we participate in daily. I fall victim to wasting many hours scrolling, liking, commenting, reposting, and sharing just like others around the world. I believe people enjoy these internet communities because we can make our perfect, unreal selves. We can grow new personas and reveal to the world only what we choose to show them.

As everyone strives to project their ideal self, we begin to compete with one another. Who has more, who’s worth more,  who is smarter, who is more beautiful, who is funnier, who did it first, who did it all? All this competition has built unrealistic standards. According to a survey conducted by Mayo Clinic, it was revealed that within 750 teens, 97% use a social media platform, such as YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat.” A large demographic in social media communities is youth. These are the ones targeted by these standards promoted by the media.

I know how difficult it is to see someone through a screen have everything you want or to be everything you would love to be. As a 17-year-old girl, I feel I should have accomplished more even though I still have not entered adulthood. Seeing other young people do so much in a short amount of time on the internet is very pressuring. I sometimes forget what I may be seeing isn’t always reality, this is possibly the case for others as well. 

Moving forward with the rise of new social platforms being digitally developed, people must remember that this isn’t the real world. Nobody is perfect, we’re all flawed humans. A word of advice I’d relay to my peers is to build and grow your own reality. Constantly comparing yourself to others is draining and unhealthy. Though our world is wrapped around the finger of social media, we can still manage the impact it has on us or if it even has any impact on us.